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Old 03-09-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Hello everyone,

We have been campers for many years, starting initially tent camping, moved up to a popup and then to a hybrid. It is time for us to now make the move to a Travel Trailer. We have been to many shows, spent countless hours researching on the web and have spoken to fellow campers at our campground. The best bang for the buck right now is the Zinger 31SB which will satisfy all of our needs in a TT. I am reaching out to all of you (my fellow camping enthusiasts) for your assistance and especially feedback on the 31SB and Crossroads as well. What do i need to know about this unit, what to watch out for and your level of satisfaction with both your Zingers and Crossroads.

I thank you in advance for your valuable contributions to an important and major decision for our family...
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:29 PM   #2
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Since we have a 5th wheel I can't comment about the 31SB. I can say that the 335SS is our second CrossRoads product and we have been very happy with both. In my opinion extremely good products and unsurpassed warranty service.
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Old 03-09-2012, 11:32 PM   #3
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We picked up our '12 31SB in May of last year and we spent around 30 nights in it through September. We absolutely love it, and thus far have not had any issues with it. Ours has the Chestnut interior which works great with kids.



As far as space, you will have plenty. We have 3 kids and a black lab and even on rainy days when stuck inside there is enough room to give everyone a little space and not get at each other's throats!



The outside kitchen is a absolute must. We do the majority of our cooking outside unless it is really cruddy outside. With the outside kitchen and the outside door to the bathroom you cut down a ton on dirt and sand being tracked into the camper. It is especially nice with the kids- don't have them tromping in everytime they have to go to the bathroom or get something to drink. And with the twins being 5 and the other one being 3 is all the time!



The only drawback in my opinion is that there isn't a huge amount of outside storage like there is in some TT's. You have the front pass-thru and then there is a storage area in the living room slide under the U-dinette. That and we have to install some cross braces yet to eliminate some of the rocking but that is nothing specific to this camper.



All in all I think you would love this camper. We did the same progression from tenting to TT's, and we are so glad we did. As I am sure you will see from other posts, just make sure you have enough tow vehicle. We were initially told that our '08 Ram 1500 Quad cab would tow it, and while it does, it is marginal. Most of the time we tow it now with an '05 F350 Crew cab dually, and it's like it's not even there.



Good luck, and I'm sure you will find tons of advice and help on here!
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:08 AM   #4
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Hello Jason & Tracie,

Thank-you very much for responding so quickly. I hope you will bear with me, but, I have a few more questions that my wife has asked me to ask you...

1) How does the 'leather' hold up on the couches with the kids ? Does it scratch easily ?
2) Do you have the pull out sofa bed or jack knife couch ? How many can you sleep on it ?
3) What did you put in the outdoor kitchen seeing as it only comes with the fridge and sink ? Were you able to get the two burner stove ? If so, where, asapparentlyit is no longer available.
4) How do you find the mattress in the master bedroom ?
5) What optional features did you take and why ?

Thanx again for your help and support..

Rich and Stephanie....
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:39 AM   #5
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hello and welcome. I have the 26BL not the 31SB but I can tell you that we bought ours a year ago and just love it. It has been perfect for our family of 3. Ours isn't lacking in the outdoor storage because instead of an outdoor kitchen we have a pack and play area that we use a lot. Our zinger has had a couple of minor problems but they were fixed under warranty at the dealer. While our dealer has been a little slow on service, crossroads has always approved the repairs without delay. I know this because I require frequent updates from my dealer while they have my unit. You will find service to be dealer dependant and if your dealer gives you problems you can call Randy Mischler at crossroads (do a search for his #), and your problem will usually be resolved pretty quickly. Crossroads is great at customer service and I have been very pleased with them. Also, after owning my TT for 1 yr, we went to an RV show and saw nothing we had a desire to trade ours in for.

That said, the only vehicle I see in your signature is a santa fe which can't tow that trailer. Are you shopping for a new TV? If so what are you looking to get? Make sure you pay attention to a tow vehicles gross tow capacity, hitch rating and payload. Remember to subtract from the payload sticker on the door of the vehicle the weight of anything and everyone in that tow vehicle (150lb driver was included in original figures by manufacturer). This will give you the real payload.You will find most vehicles are limited by payload. Also remember to ignore dry weights and dry tongue weights as they are not accurate towing numbers. Best bet isto use trailer GVWR and base a 15% tongue weight on thatGVWR so you know you won't go over the vehicles max. Best of luck and enjoy that new trailer what ever you end up buying!!!!
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Old 03-10-2012, 10:22 AM   #6
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Hello! We bought our 12' 31 SB in July of 2011 and slept in it about 30 nights all the way through October. We had a Rockwood prior, and before thata pop-up. We absolutely love it!The leather holds up fine, we also have 3 kids, ages 4,6 and 7. I haven't noticed any scratches, in fact when we winterized it looked as new as the day we bought it. The outside kitchen only has a fridge, sink and shelves but we set up our grill right next to it and it works great. I also love the door to the bathroom!! The mattress, however, is horrible!!!I added a 3 inch foam cover to it I got on overstock and it sleeps like a dream. The couch is a jackknife, not a pull out, but its fine. Great, great camper. Easily sleeps 8-10. Good luck and safe travels. This is a great camper. We pull with a F350 Diesel.....While the Toyota Tunda towed it fine, my husband wanted a Diesel
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x2 on the memory foam mattress cover. We got a 2" queen memory foam from walmart and set it on top of the mattress. It went from horrible to more comfortable than home. We have a pull out sofa, it is kinda an odd size. Too small for a double and too big for a twin. You would need to put 2 very small people (kids probably) on it. We have a U dinette and that folds down into a queen. My mom's biggest complaint about that was the cushions moving. We are trying to figure out a solution to that. Maybe velcro to each other or find something to slide on the end that will keep them pushed together. Otherwise the dinette is very comfortable.
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Old 03-10-2012, 12:32 PM   #8
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We have a '11 SB31. We have spent about 75 nites and few problems. The only warranty service was for a stuck slide out. The bell housing had to be adjusted.The bunkroomworks great for us as wehave the earlyand late risers.We have a jack-knife sofa in the bunkroom, which we had to add some supports to the middle to handle some heavier campers. the other sofa is a pull out and to me much more comfortable, but it is in the way when used. Like the other posters, the queen bed mattress is less than desirable. We added 2" foam on top. The outside kitchen really comes in handy with the fridge and sink. We have not used the stove, as we use the grill for most cooking. Go for the larger A/C unit as we have the 1350 and it struggles in the hot southern summer. We have ours stored at the beach and do not pull it, so I cant help you with towing. As someone else said, we have been to some shows but havent found anything that accomodates us better than theoursin this size/price range. Hope this help.
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Old 03-11-2012, 11:17 PM   #9
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Thanx for your feedback. As for my TV, we are seasonal campers, so, I will have it delivered right to the campground and not have to worry about that issue. I will look at adding some of the options that you had suggested. Do you think that the insulation upgrade is something that I should be looking at ?
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Being in montreal, it probably wouldn't hurt but are looking to use it in cold weather? If not, I would think winterizing it really well should be ok....I am not expert on this as I have had my TT for 1 year and that is in a warmer climate, so you may want to ask someone w/ a little more knowledge. Enjoy your TT!
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